There are five different engines to choose from with the 2020 Chevy Silverado, though one of them has two options available for it, so you really have six choices. The engine has a big impact on the overall performance of your vehicle, so it is something to consider carefully before deciding on which one is right for you. Horsepower and torque both directly impact your truck’s towing potential and how enjoyable it is to drive.
The starting engine, which comes standard on the lower trims, is a 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine with active fuel management, which provides up to 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Though it can get a lot of work done, this engine really is a starting point. From there, you can choose a 2.7L Turbo engine with active fuel management, which offers up to 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque. This one comes with an 8-speed automatic and is standard on the middle trims and available on some of the lower ones.
Then there is a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine available for the 2020 Chevy Silverado, which provides up to 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. This engine can come with either active fuel management on the lower trims or dynamic fuel management on higher trims. Both versions offer the same horsepower and torque. The lower-trim option comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the higher-trim engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic or a 10-speed automatic depending on the overall configuration.
There is also a 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine with dynamic fuel management available, which provides up to 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque for incredible overall performance. This engine offers the best towing for the 2020 Chevy Silverado and comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Finally, there is a Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel engine available, which is new to the 1500. It features 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, great fuel economy, and comes with a 10-speed automatic.
Towing and Payload
Although the 2020 Chevy Silverado is not a heavy-duty truck, it can still get a lot of work done in terms of towing and payload. It is important to remember, however, that these values will depend on a lot of different factors, including the configuration you choose, the engine you go with, and whether or not you opt for the towing package. Going into each specific option and the towing and payload for them would be excessive, so here are some examples of what you can get and what to expect with the Silverado.
In terms of towing, a lot depends on the configuration and trim you choose, as well as the engine that you go with. For the best towing possible, you will definitely want the available towing package with the Silverado, and you should choose the 6.2L V8 engine. If you choose the double cab with a standard bed, and the RST trim with 4x4 and 20-inch wheels, then you can get a maximum towing potential of 13,400 lbs.
Even if you do not go with that setup, however, you can still get great towing. For example, the High Country trim, which focuses on comfort and luxury, with the 6.2L engine, can get up to 12,000 lbs of towing. Even starting off with the basic Work Truck trim, if you choose the available 5.3L V8 engine, you still get up to 10,000 lbs of towing capacity. So you have a lot to work with when it comes to which configuration is right for your needs.
In terms of payload, the cab size and bed length, as well as the engine that you choose, will all play a large role in dictating your maximum payload. Choosing a regular cab with a long bed and two-wheel drive, with the 4.3L V6 engine, can get you a maximum payload of up to 2,250 lbs. If you want a crew cab with a standard bed and a heavier, more powerful engine, then your payload will be somewhat lower.
In the past, a powerful pickup truck usually sacrificed luxury and comfort, but those days are long gone. The 2020 Chevy Silverado has terrific features and options inside the cabin so you can get the luxurious and sophisticated ride you are looking for. Of course, many of these features depend on which trim you choose, so be sure to look at the specific options for any particular trim you are interested in.
For example, the Silverado High Country offers a premium Infotainment system with an 8-inch HD display and navigation. It features enhanced voice recognition and support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as HD radio and a wireless charging area for compatible devices. The High Country also comes with a 7-speaker Bose premium sound system and perforated, leather-appointed seats, including 10-way power adjustable front passenger and driver seats.
The interior of the 2020 Chevy Silverado High Country includes heated front and rear seats, along with a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel with driver controls. There is a 6-gauge instrument cluster with a customizable 8-inch digital driver information center. The High Country also features remote start and keyless open and start, as well as numerous USB and power outlets, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The 2020 Chevy Silverado is one of the safest trucks on the road, with great safety features that match the power and performance it has on offer. Some of these features will depend on which trim and available package you choose, however, so keep that in mind. Standard safety features include StabiliTrak with stability and traction control, six airbags, daytime running lamps, and a Teen Driver system to promote better driving habits in new drivers.
Available safety features include an HD rear vision camera, front and rear park assist, Advanced Trailering System, and a hitch guidance system that makes it easier to connect to a trailer or camper for towing. A rear cross traffic alert is available, as are a lane change alert and side blind zone alert. While these available features are not strictly necessary, they do certainly make for a safer, more secure ride. In addition to these safety features, the Silverado is also built with a high-strength steel safety cage, to keep everyone inside safe.